New Zealand get first wicket against Pakistan

Posted January 29, 2018

With a leveled Series, the third and last T20I between the two top-ranked Teams will begin at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday at 11:00 PST.

Final game of the tour and New Zealand host Pakistan for the 3rd T20. However, a 2-1 series win means Pakistan have jumped to 126 points, while New Zealand have slipped to 123 points.

Pakistan are most likely to go with the same Side in the decisive match which led them to bag their first win in the New Zealand Tour at Auckland on January 25.

Batting first on a friendly wicket, Pakistan reached 181 for six.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed had earlier won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

All the Pakistan top six batsmen posted double figures with Fakhar Zaman leading with 46 runs from 36 balls.

The whole New Zealand Team were bowled out for 153 runs in 18.3 overs, falling short of 48 runs. New Zealand are the number one team in the world in the shortest format but Pakistan are number two.

Pakistan wouldn't get the second wicket until the 13th over but Martin Guptill and Anaru Kitchen's cautious approach meant that only 84 runs were on the board until then.

Ross Taylor (24) and Santner (24*) also chipped in with their cameos towards the end, but it wasn't enough.

Both Guptill (59) and Kitchen were dismissed by leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who gave away just 19 runs in his four over and was easily Pakistan's best bowler on the night. Pacer Mohammad Amir claimed the man-of-the-series title.